Professional bio

Since 2011, I’ve built an incredible team at UnCollege and grown the organization to $2M in lifetime revenue. As a sole founder, I have deep experience with business and corporate development, strategy, marketing, product development, sales, fundraising, and recruiting. Today, we partner with universities to run experiential learning programs for freshman and my full time role focuses as founder is media, partnerships, and business development.

As an investor and advisor, I love working with early-stage founders. I write small checks personally, but have access to larger amounts of capital through a family office. I’m always open to hearing about investment opportunities — the best way to contact me is to drop me an email: dalejstephens@gmail.com.

In 2011, I was one of the first Thiel Fellows and spoke about youth, education, and entrepreneurship to audiences worldwide from TED to the New York Times. In 2013 Forbes named me a 30 Under 30 in Education and Penguin published my book, “Hacking Your Education,” in 2013. If you’re interested in hiring me to speak, please email me.

Keywords: business development, corporate development, strategic partnerships, strategy, corp dev, marketing, higher ed

Speaking

I speaks regularly at high-profile events around the world. I’ve debated education at TED, lectured at the New York Times, and spoken to C-level executives at NBC Universal, among many other engagements. In 2013, Forbes has recognized him as a 30 Under 30 Leader in education.

For speaking requests, please contact The Washington Speakers Bureau: MichelleG@WashingtonSpeakers.com

What People Say About Dale

“Inviting Dale to be a speaker at Germany’s largest student entrepreneurship convention was a no-brainer. With his experience and perspective on education, he enabled the audience to think differently about their lifes and definitely did his bit to motivate the upcoming generation of entrepreneurs. After spending more time with Dale, one can only be amazed about Dale’s humbleness, dedication and cleverness.”
— Aydogan Ali Schosswald, President & Founder, EBS9
“Dale’s UnCollege message is provocative and important for all of us to hear. He delivered his compelling personal story with passion and a genuine spirit that wowed a theatre full of innovation junkies at BIF-7. If you get a chance to here Dale share his story, do it.”
— Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory

Some of my writing:

New York Times

Penguin USA

Fast Company

The Washington Post

New York Times Learning Network

A few appearances:

Katie Couric

The TODAY Show

NPR